Mark Lawrenson claims Sam Allardyce will be confident of beating Newcastle but doubts West Brom will pick up the three points.

The BBC pundit anticipates a cagey affair given Albion have conceded only two goals in four games.

Newcastle also prefer a defensive approach and could be without three key attacking players.

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Lawrenson thinks that will make a difference in the match, which he predicts will end 0-0.

“I can’t see this one being a thriller, because both of these sides usually focus on making themselves hard to beat,” he told BBC Sport.

“I don’t see Newcastle changing that cautious approach, especially now Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin have joined the injured Callum Wilson in the treatment room.

“West Brom won’t just throw caution to the wind, especially after suffering so many heavy defeats earlier in Sam Allardyce’s reign.

“This will surely be a game that he looks at as one his side have to win, or at least have a good chance of winning.”

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Change in approach

The defeat to Everton means we are running out of time to put points on the board.

We are growing more desperate in our bid to stay up and that means it is time to start taking more risks, even if it goes against Allardyce’s usual style.

Big Sam seems to have sorted our defensive vulnerabilities and now is the time to start showing more attacking intent.

That could mean swapping Ainsley Maitland-Niles for a more attack-minded midifelder, as Okay Yokuslu can stop Newcastle’s threat along with Conor Gallagher.

Newcastle are a wounded animal, too.

As well as key injuries they have won just two games out of 17 and this week Steve Bruce was involved in a confrontation with Matt Ritchie.

It is the ideal time to play Newcastle, therefore, and if we take the game to them and look to dominate we should grab all three points.

In other West Brom news, it is time for Big Sam to end an experiment that is not working after a midfielder flopped against Everton.

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